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If my Palin number were 2, I think I'd kill myself. -David
David Krackhardt, Professor of Organizations, Executive Editor of JoSS
Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, and
The Tepper School of Business
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
James Fowler wrote:
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> Well, I think they both are salient:
> the media has investigated Obama for buying his house from indicted
> political fundraiser Tony Rezko and they have investigated McCain for
> buying too many houses (as an academic, I too lose count of how many
> houses I own sometimes).
> and the media was also quite interested in who Bill Clinton kissed (now
> *that's* a lot of collaboration) and now who Sarah Palin's daughter
> kissed (Bill swears it wasn't him).
> so from their point of view, a past connection could mean a current,
> hidden connection, and thus current influence....
> but, yes, that way of viewing the world asymptotes all of us towards
> having a Palin number of 2!
> James H. Fowler
> On Sep 15, 2008, at 3:02 AM, Blyden Potts wrote:
>> The most interesting question here IMO is: Which kinds of compound
>> relations have political salience?
>> I would imagine that buying your house from a person who had a
>> personal relationship with the candidate would have not have any
>> appreciable impact on voting behavior or political ideology. Does the
>> relation "buying a house from" or any compound relation stemming from
>> that direct relation have any impact on one's politics? Does it make
>> your politics more similar to Palin's than they otherwise be? Or do
>> you find yourself more likely to vote for her on account of your
>> closeness? OTOH if you were close friends with someone who had been
>> intimate with her that seems more likely to matter. Also the direction
>> of that impact, of each relation, could be either positive or negative.
>> Timing would seem to be a factor. Your relation to the house seller is
>> in the past, and his relation to Palin is in the past, so you only
>> have a Palin number of 2 if you consider relations in cumulative
>> time. Wouldn't your current Palin number matter more?
>> I used to be 2 steps from Jesse Ventura, and when I was there was some
>> minor active political influence that came across those two links, but
>> now my Ventura number must be at least 3, and I no longer get that
>> active political influence. I'm no longer even sure what the path
>> distance may be. Across all time my Ventura number would still be two,
>> but clearly the impact has changed.
>> Blyden Potts
>> -----Original Message-----
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>> On Behalf Of James Fowler
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>> Subject: me, Paul Erdos, and Sara Palin
>> I bought my house from a man who kissed Sara Palin.
>> All sorts of interesting questions arise.
>> *In high school was Palin as prolific in "collaborating" as Erdos was
>> at publishing?
>> *Could this be a factor behind "the Palin bump?"
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